Detroit: The Fallen City
The city of Detroit, Michigan has always been known as the motor city for its car plants, a.k.a. “The Big Three” and Motown records, a.k.a. “Hitsville U.S.A.”. These are just some of the many things that made Detroit one of the thriving and driven cities within the United States. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end Detroit knows this hardship all too well. Detroit a city that once flowed with economic resources now struggles to compete with other major cities economically. Detroit is now known for crime, violence, a failing school system, and corrupt political figures. These and other negative effects on the city have caused major corporations to move to Detroit’s surrounding neighboring cities. Where did the city of Detroit go wrong? Can Detroit ever recover from such a heavy deficit? And if so, where would the city begin?
Crime has always been a problem for the city of Detroit: But as of the past decade crime in Detroit has reached an all time high. On September 30, 2008 a man was gunned down as he walked out the church doors of his mother’s funeral. As if this sight wasn’t shocking enough, some of the members that were attending the funeral drew guns and returned fire at the gunmen. The pastor of the church, Rev. Walter Cheeks had this to say: “Next thing I know I look up and then everybody shooting… Uh, I mean it was just, it it it was just… I never seen nothing like it.”(DetroitsGreatVideos). A scene that seems so surreal was very realistic on this day in Detroit. On June 30, 2009 seven summer school students were shot by two masked men, while standing at a public bus stop. Three of the victims were in critical condition. The victims range between the ages 14-17. The incident is assumed to be gang related and the target was a 16 year old male (Asher). Statistics from 2003 shows Detroit had the highest crime rate. In 2003 alone Detroit accumulated a total of 18,724 violent crimes with murder leading the way at an astonishing 5.16 times the nations average (FBI, Detroit Crime Report). As of July 2009 the murder rate in Detroit has risen twenty percent with 216 people murdered from January through July 2009. Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans said, “It’s the Wild West out there.” (Oosting).
Detroit’s school system has fallen into a rut with an estimated thirty-two schools set to be closing in June 2010 alone. Due to Detroit Public Schools $317 million budget deficit 8,000 students are estimated to decrease from the 87,000 enrolled the year prior (Detroit to Close 32 Public Schools). This means students will have to find new schools to attend and for many students this means traveling across the city, in my opinion this is not such a good idea. The economy is already in a stranglehold in Detroit, and to propose closing schools would force parents to make financial decisions such as moving to a different location in the city, or providing a reliable source of transportation for the...